Sunday, November 27, 2016

Goal Attained

My goal to finish the borders on Cathedral Stars before the weekend ended came to fruition this afternoon. I had stared at that quilt top long enough, and had determined it would not become a UFO!
There is nothing in the stash suitable for the backing, so I will indulge myself and get a 108" backing that I won't have to piece. And then, another one will head off to be quilted.

I returned to Lucy for my Slow Stitching Sunday. Actually, it was gluing the papers in the background fabric, but I think that counts.
I need to prep the background for four more blocks...96 elongated hexies. 
Linking up with Kathy at
Slow Sunday Stitching.

Christi and Sara Ashley enjoying the GA game...even though the Dawgs lost.

Hope to go see Mattie and work with her this week. Wish I could figure out how to add her videos. She is really making progress.

Take Care,

Friday, November 25, 2016

A Flimsy Finish

Festive Forest is a flimsy now. 
The backing and binding are made and it is ready to go to be quilted. I am good to wait for it to be quilted later. It will give me a new holiday quilt for next year. I don't normally keep up with this sort of thing, but I used 6 1/2 yards from stash for the backing, binding and tree trunks. It was nice to be able to do that.

Here is another Lucy all finished...

I was given a new sourdough recipe....
 It produces a lovely soft loaf...actually 2-3 depending on the size. Most of my sourdough recipes produce more of an artisan loaf, which is also good. But this is a nice change. My family didn't bake loaves of bread, so to me there is something magical about a loaf of bread fresh from the oven. 

Tomorrow I hope to get the final borders on Cathedral Stars. That will give me two flimsies finished in a week. A record for me. I am feeling successful!!!

My old Roxie is declining. It is hard to see this strong willed girl failing. 
She is not so steady on her feet and refuses her dog food, preferring baked chicken, hand fed to her instead. She does continue to take walks in the yard and ask for her treats. It is not easy, but we love her and try to keep quality in mind.

I am so grateful for the women of my family for sharing their love of making things with me.
 Take Care,

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Bit British

Tonight I am watching....
The Crown on Netflix.

So I thought a little attention to Lucy Boston
was appropriate ....
Hopefully only four more to go after this one...assuming they all play well together.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Take Care,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Just What I Needed

Sometimes you really need a project that is fun, easy and provides relatively quick gratification. That is where I was after laboring to play catchup on the MOC blocks. This project fills the bill....

Festive Forest is proving to be a fun and simple stitch. Between errands and chores, I have assembled all of the tree units today...and I'm loving the results. Hopefully I can squeeze in some more stitching time tomorrow.

To top that off, today was one of my favorite days of the month.....
Yep, Sew Sampler from the Fat Quarter Shop!
What a deal!! They get better every month.

So true....
Take Care,

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Sometimes a blog post can save you heartache down the road. 
 Friend Kathleen took a look at this block and said Oops, something is wrong.....and kindly let me know so that it wouldn't go into my quilt like this. Thanks, Kathleen!!!

Magic of Christmas blocks 14-17.  All caught up...for the moment.

And a little Sunday slow stitching (linking up with Kathy)....another Lucy Boston POC Block.
Today I pulled out these Jolly Bars and fabrics..
And cut out the beginnings of Festive Forest.
This should be a quick and simple one.

No words needed...

Take Care,

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Crud

I have spent the last few days fighting allergies. No fun, but typical for me at this time of the year. Was really hoping the allergy injections would rid me of this, but it was not to be. Okay, enough whining.

Is anyone doing Lisa Bongean's quilt along, The Magic of Christmas? Being oh so clever, if you recall, I decided to do both versions, Country and City. Moved right along through Block 3 and then I don't know what happened. When I looked up they were on Block 13. So I spent a week catching up. 
Yes, those are 1" finished half square triangles....ugh!
One thing I discovered is that prints that are not as busy or dense work best in these smaller light colored blocks. These above and below are way too busy, but no way I am doing them over.
Twenty fiddly little 6" blocks. I mean, these blocks are not easy...they have lots of points and pieces...a true gesture in patience and accuracy. But caught up....until the day after I finished these when she posted FOUR more!
When will this ever end????

The past two days I have been staying with the grand teens while their parents are in Arizona. This is a pic of them, along with girlfriend Christine, tonight.

Christi is being recognized as Caregiver of the Year at  the Society of Neurooncology Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona.
 That meant a lovely, free get away for she and Rob, in addition to the well deserved honor. People often don't realize what a huge undertaking caregiving can be. So blessed to claim this sweet girl as my daughter.

 Take care,

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sew Crazy Day

The Crazies should have met today, but life got in the way. To honor the day, I worked on our Quilty Folk (Lori Holt) row quilt that we are working on as a group.

Here is where we stand....
Apples, 4-patches, butterflies and chevrons. I love the bright, happy colors. 

Today I finished cutting the remainder of the quilt....a gazillion little pieces, nine more rows and a cute neatly packaged in ziplocks and ready to go. I am pretty darned pleased with myself!!

Since I haven't blogged in awhile, I have Sew Crazy Show and Tell, too.
Debi's adorable Christmas trucks.
 Her Temecula 2016 quilt...stunning. Wish I had made this one!'
And this super cute Christmas quilt.
 Karen's fun bicycle themed wall hanging.
Can't remember the name of this quilt, but Sandy liked the pattern so much that she made another....
This cool bright version. I love the way black makes your colors pop!
A bright and cheery charity quilt by Debi.
A Christmas tree quilt by the background color.
Another Christmas quilt by Debi using the same background...she says she had a bolt of it from long ago, and now it is in style again...LOL.
A beautifully embroidered Crabapple Hill Christmas quilt by Debi.
And a cheery Fall wall hanging, yep, by Debi. This gal can turn out some gorgeous work!!! Puts the rest of us to shame, but we surely enjoy seeing it.

Jackson's baseball tournament team, the Force, won first place in the final tournament of the Fall. Don't know who was most excited, Jackson or his parents.

Could this innocent sleepy head possibly be responsible......
For this?????
I sure am missing my wild, sweet baby girl.

Take care,